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Terra Cotta Clay Playtime • April 18th, 2018

TONIGHT! Wednesday, April 18th, 2018 at Akbar it’s CRAFTNIGHT! 
Project: Terra Cotta Clay Playtime! 

*******$4 PABST/TECATES • $5 Cocktail Special, livin’ on a cloud!        
*********$3 suggested donation, please! #ScrappyNonProfitThanksYou  

OMG we haven’t had a CLAY NIGHT since I-don’t-know-when!!! Seriously, it’s been a dog’s age, this stuff is SO MUCH FUN! When’s the last time you played with some EARTH?  I’ll give you a smallish blob of clay and you can sculpt it to your heart’s content. It’s air dry, so I’ll have a cardboard tray in which for you to take it home. Once it dries (overnight, or a lil’ longer), you can paint it or preserve it or just start wearing/displaying it immediately!

There will be popsicle sticks and toothpicks for you to use as sculpting tools. You can really do a lot with a popsicle stick or a toothpick when it comes to sculpting. Write a message, carve a shape, hollow out a section, it’s easy. Make an amulet, a mini statue, some beads, a ring holder, a tiny box, a pen holder, whatever you want! I’ll have some idea sheets on hand to get you started.

The moon’s crescent builds, we’re heading toward a bright full moon! It’s traditionally called the PINK MOON because of all the lil’ pink flowers smattering the lowlands during springtime called “ground phlox.”

Consider the ground phlox. It’s a “new and exciting thing” brought about from a dormant, hibernating condition. It survived winter and guess what? SO DID YOU! What’s blooming in your life this spring season? What’s burbling up to the surface, and what shall you do to ensure that you’ll thrive like a wildflower?

For even in an age of illuminated screens and tiny devices dictating our schedules and job stuff and distractions, there is the oldest illuminated guidance of all: the moon. We’ll always have moon to help us track time, as long as it’s circling us, and as long as we’re circling the sun. And this upcoming full moon is also known as the Sprouting Grass Moon, Egg Moon and the Fish Moon.

See you at the Craft Table,

JP Craft Captain


APRIL IS ALL UP IN YOUR GRILL!     

THIS FRIDAY/SATURDAY It’s the FINAL run of Pat & Charlie: Solid Gold Lamé Cabaret! Last chance!!! Casita del Campo • April 20th and 21st @ 9pm get your tickets HERE!   Pat & Charlie revive their 1970s variety show but this time in the style of 1980s TV Tour de Force, Solid Gold. New Wave music meets glitter as they and their dancers, “The Precious Metals,” pay homage to leg warmers, bikini suspenders and metallic headbands. Check it out on Facebook for more information! 

APRIL 22nd – CraftNight will be on Duty at WxW: For Women. By Women. A community celebration for LBTQ women and their allies. Visibility and community matter now more than ever. Join us for a day of fun, interactive, LBTQ-centric activities, performances, and much more! Bring yourself + friends + family – everyone is truly welcome. Event Details HERE!

25th 9pm Akbar – Puffball Creatures! A variety of poofy fluffy googly-eyed creative prospects await you!

APRIL 28th at GRAND PARK from 2pm to 3:30 your Craft Captain, JP, is in the Line-Up of presentations for OUR LA VOICES!   It’s a KID-friendly all ages jamboree!!! Miss Barbie Q – Host, D’Lo, Pip Lilly, Kacy Bushemi, Ofelia de Corazon, Steven Reigns, Alexandra Grey, Paul Outlaw, Odious Ari, Asher Yap, Robert Patrick, Julianna (JP)Parr, Billie White Acre

 

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Springtime Animal Magnets • April 10th, 2018

This Wednesday, April 11th, 2018 at Akbar it’s CRAFTNIGHT! 
Project:  Spring Animal Magnets!  

*******$4 PABST/TECATES • $5 Cocktail Special, see what we mean!       
*********$3 suggested donation, please! #NonProfitLife  

Honestly there’s so much happening in April, just scroll down past all this folderol I’m typing and go see for yourself! Meanwhile in the CraftNight rumpus room at Akbar this week, there are the crafts to be had, and you really must have them. One need not travel to the outskirts of the city to witness cute springtime animals romping about, because we have them right here. We’ve got bunnies, and chickies, and lambies, and other supercute creatures for you to build. Display them on your shelves, your dashboards, your bathroom countertops, anyplace you desire. Wherever there is a flat-enough spot, you can put one of these little friends, or you can stick-em on the fridge.

In other news, I’m happy to report that the bees that were swarming and clumping on the side of our abode are gone. They swarmed, protected their queen, and after 48 hours, moved on elsewhere to a place they thought she’d like better. I couldn’t really think when that was happening, I love bees, but when they do that… they freak me out. But now that I’ve read some info about it, I feel flattered that they chose us for a little while. Apparently, the Spring season is bee swarming time!

Also: I directed Pat and Charlie in their latest escapade, their Solid Gold Lamé Cabaret! If things have been feeling too serious, or you want to snort your margarita out your nose from laughing too hard, maybe come see this show. We promise it’s the sassy sparkly diversion you’ve been craving.

See you at the Craft Table,

JP Craft Captain


APRIL HAS ALL THE THINGS! COME AND SEE!    

It’s the FINAL run of Pat & Charlie: Solid Gold Lamé Cabaret! Last chance!!! Casita del Campo April 13th and 14th • April 20th and 21st @ 9pm get your tickets HERE!   Pat & Charlie revive their 1970s variety show but this time in the style of 1980s TV Tour de Force, Solid Gold. New Wave music meets glitter as they and their dancers, “The Precious Metals,” pay homage to leg warmers, bikini suspenders and metallic headbands. Check it out on Facebook for more information! 

Sunday April 15th – BET YER BOTTOM BINGO @Akbar • 7:30pm in the front Bar, win BIG BOTTLES O’ BOOZE (Havana Club Puerto Rican Rum, Sipsmith London Dry Gin and other fine spirits) along with other fabulous prizes with boys, girls, balls and a whole lotta laffs!!! 50 Cents a Card! Find out MORE on our FB Page!

18th 9pm Akbar – Terra Cotta Clay Playtime! – Make lil’ sculptures out of reddish brown squishy air-dry clay!

APRIL 22nd – CraftNight will be on Duty at WxW: For Women. By Women. A community celebration for LBTQ women and their allies. Visibility and community matter now more than ever. Join us for a day of fun, interactive, LBTQ-centric activities, performances, and much more! Bring yourself + friends + family – everyone is truly welcome. Event Details HERE!

25th 9pm Akbar – Puffball Creatures! A variety of poofy fluffy googly-eyed creative prospects await you!

APRIL 28th at GRAND PARK from 2pm to 3:30 your Craft Captain, JP, is in the Line-Up of presentations for OUR LA VOICES!   It’s a KID-friendly all ages jamboree!!! Miss Barbie Q – Host, D’Lo, Pip Lilly, Kacy Bushemi, Ofelia de Corazon, Steven Reigns, Alexandra Grey, Paul Outlaw, Odious Ari, Asher Yap, Robert Patrick, Julianna (JP)Parr, Billie White Acre

 

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RETURN of the Unicorn Pins • April 4th, 2018

This Wednesday, April 4th, 2018 at Akbar it’s CRAFTNIGHT! 
Project:  Unicorn Pins Yayyyyyy!!!! (Paint yer own!)   

*******$4 PABST/TECATES • $5 Cocktail Special, get yours today!       
*********$3 suggested donation, we’re a scrappy non-profit alive because of you! xoxo 

When we last saw our wooden lasercut unicorn profiles, they were in a box… somewhere. And then I went out of town, and my poor CraftNight Lieutenants couldn’t find them anywhere, and so the unicorns did not star as the craft for that evening. It was a bit of a SNAFU: Situation Normal: Awol Forgotten Unicorns. You know, like they say in the military.

However, I FOUND THEM! I found the UNICORNS! And they’re FUN, and you can wear one after you paint it and glue gems to it and it will just be the everlovin’ BEST. I mean, this creature has been captivating us since 5th century BCE. Marco Polo thought rhinoceroses were the ugliest unicorns he’d ever seen and was super disappointed. Here’s a direct quote from when he was rooting around in Sumatra (formerly Basma):

“The head resembles that of a wild boar, and they carry it ever bent towards the ground. They delight much to abide in mire and mud. ‘Tis a passing ugly beast to look upon, and is not in the least like that which our stories tell of as being caught in the lap of a virgin; in fact, ’tis altogether different from what we fancied.”

Still, people were drawn to the power and mystique of the majestic unicorn. As late as 1741 you could purchase powdered unicorn horn in jars in London pharmacies. Obviously, we don’t have anything as resplendent as that, but well… they are wooden shapes for painting, and the resplendence is up to you.

See you at the Craft Table,

JP Craft Captain


SPRING CRAFT SESSIONS and MORE for APRIL! 

11th – Spring Animal Magnets! 

15th – BET YER BOTTOM BINGO 7:30pm in the front Bar, win BIG BOTTLES O’ BOOZE and other fabulous prizes with boys, girls, balls and a whole lotta laffs!!! 50 Cents a Card! 

18th – Terra Cotta Clay Playtime! 

25th – Puffball Creatures! 

 

Posted by on April 3, 2018 in Jewelry Craft, Painting Craft

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Plush Birds and Self Defense! • March 28th, 2018

TONIGHT!!! Wednesday, March 21st, 2018 at Akbar it’s CRAFTNIGHT! 
8pm – Queer Self Defense with Cory Klink! (see details below)
****9pm CraftNight BEGINS! Project: Plush Spring Bird Lacing Craft! *** SPECIAL EASTER CHICKS WITH WIGS GIVEAWAY While Supplies LAST!!! ***   

*******$4 PABST/TECATES • $5 Cocktail Special, quite the value!      
*********$3 suggested donation, we’re a scrappy non-profit alive because of you! xoxo 

It’s a SPECIAL 8pm CLASS with Cory Klink, read all about it below for FULL DETAILS!

We then go back to our regular programming with the cutest felt bird lacing craft that you ever did see.

It’s got tipped yarn laces, polyester fiberfill stuffing and self-adhesive felt shapes AND of course I’m putting out the extra felt so you can give it a fancy hat, a long beard, a fur coat, 16th century dungarees, whatever you want!

There will also be sparkles, googly eyes, puffballs, all the classic crafty smorgasbord items. So get in here and enjoy the cocktails, the camaraderie, the creativity and a lil’ sanity in this big ol’ city of Dodgertown!

See you at the Craft Table,

JP Craft Captain


SPRING CRAFT SESSIONS 

DETAILS ABOUT CORY’S CLASS TONIGHT! – Read below, yay!

TONIGHT March 28th – Spring Bird Lacing Craft and AKBAR DOJO! SELF DEFENSE CLASS with Cory Klink! RSVP here on the FB Event! 
Bold Alchemy Queer Self Defense brings you the Protect Your Neck class!!! This 1 hour Self Defense class with Cory Klink will teach you how to use every day objects to defend yourself! Bring your favorite high heels, that crazy sharp crystal on your altar, or a good old fashioned baseball bat and learn to use what you have with you if being attached! We will also cover basic kicks, punches, stances and meditation. Students are encouraged to wear what they feel expresses themselves best and feels comfortable to move in. Bold Alchemy is a trauma focused self defense program that aims to empower, arm and heal queer, trans and poc humans. For more information about Bold Alchemy visit boldalchemy.com or email questions, comments or feedback to boldalchemy.coryklink@gmail.com


EVERYTHING’S COMING UP CRAFTNIGHTS 9pm Akbar, APRIL: 

4th – The Return of the Unicorn Pins!!! 

11th – Spring Animal Magnets! 

15th – BET YER BOTTOM BINGO 7:30pm in the front Bar, win BIG BOTTLES O’ BOOZE and other fabulous prizes with boys, girls, balls and a whole lotta laffs!!! 50 Cents a Card! 

18th – Terra Cotta Clay Playtime! 

25th – Puffball Creatures! 

 

Posted by on March 28, 2018 in Fabric Craft

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Paint-a-Flower Pot!!! • March 21st, 2018

This Wednesday, March 21st, 2018 from 9pm to midnight (or later) it’s CRAFTNIGHT! 
****Project: Paint-a-Flower Pot!!! 

*******$4 PABST/TECATES • $5 Cocktail Special, just for YOU!     
*********$3 suggested donation, thank you for supporting the arts!  

It’s SPRING!!! The Vernal Equinox is HERE and we’ve got raindrop showers on the way, let’s get ready with some FLOWERS! I’ve got some sweet terra cotta pots for you to paint, put gems on ’em, decorate woooo! You can decide if you want to put a starter plant in your newly decorated container or begin from seed. It’s the time of year where you should smell like dirt… even just a little bit.

So yah, Persephone, the daughter of Demeter and Zeus is BACK! Dusting off all that charcoal sediment from hangin’ with smoldering hubby down in Hades, she’s here with flower power, and we’re just so glad to see her! She’ll return to being Queen of the Underworld later. Right now, she’s all about the blooms. The earth sings with new growth, the air swirls with pollen, Orion guards the night skies. The many daring birds, all the dutiful bees, every bug you know is ready to party.

Spring forever appears
the soothing music part
of lyrics unspoken.
It thaws the frozen fears,
mends the wounded heart
that Winter has broken.
~Aarno Davidson

See you at the Craft Table,

JP Craft Captain


SPRING CRAFT SESSIONS 

March 21st – Flowerpot Craft! (Celebrating the Vernal Equinox!)

March 28th – Spring Bird Lacing Craft and AKBAR DOJO! SELF DEFENSE CLASS with Cory Klink! RSVP here on the FB Event! 
Bold Alchemy Queer Self Defense brings you the Protect Your Neck class!!! This 1 hour Self Defense class with Cory Klink will teach you how to use every day objects to defend yourself! Bring your favorite high heels, that crazy sharp crystal on your altar, or a good old fashioned baseball bat and learn to use what you have with you if being attached! We will also cover basic kicks, punches, stances and meditation. Students are encouraged to wear what they feel expresses themselves best and feels comfortable to move in. Bold Alchemy is a trauma focused self defense program that aims to empower, arm and heal queer, trans and poc humans. For more information about Bold Alchemy visit boldalchemy.com or email questions, comments or feedback to boldalchemy.coryklink@gmail.com

 

Posted by on March 20, 2018 in Painting Craft

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